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AMY BYER SHAINMAN, also known as BRCA Responder, is an advocate, author, and producer providing support and education surrounding BRCA and other hereditary cancer syndromes. She's the executive producer of the award-winning documentary Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer.

Shainman is a BRCA1 gene mutation carrier and a "previvor"--meaning she is a survivor of a predisposition to cancer (a previvor is someone at extraordinarily high risk for cancer who has not had the disease). In 2010, she had two prophylactic surgeries to reduce her cancer risk drastically; a nipple-sparing, skin-sparing mastectomy with reconstruction and oophorectomy with a hysterectomy.

Cure Magazine, The Jewish Journal, and The Palm Beach Post have featured Shainman's story. She has also appeared on numerous live and taped television and radio segments nationwide. As a digital ambassador for the National Society of Genetic Counselors gene pool, Shainman is considered one of fifteen influencers who have unique perspectives and knowledge in the fields of genetics and genetic counseling. She is an administrator for the largest female-only BRCA support group on social media. Shainman has published articles in The American Journal of Managed Care, Jupiter Magazine, and Oncology Nursing News.

Shainman's medical memoir Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew has won over a dozen literary awards and was the December 2020 book club selection of The National Library of Medicine.

Currently, Shainman is a producer on Lady Parts. Executive produced by Joanna Kerns, the scripted feature film highlights what it's like to be a BRCA positive female at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

INTERVIEWS

Resurrection Lilly Launch

'Resurrection Lily'
Book Launch

Amy Byer Shainman Discusses Cancer Risk Management

Amy Byer Shainman Discusses Cancer Risk Management

NNLM Reading Club Presents... Resurrection Lilly

NNLM Reading Club Presents... Resurrection Lily

'Grey Genetics
Podcast

'The Lifesaving Mission of
Pink & Blue

Reflections on Life After Two Prophylactic Surgeries

PINK & BLUE: COLORS OF HEREDITARY CANCER

PINK & BLUE takes a profound look into the BRCA world examining what it is and how this genetic mutation puts both women and men at a higher risk for potentially developing numerous cancers.

Watch on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.

HONORS FOR RESURRECTION LILY

Winner 2020 CIPA EVVY Book Award Biography/Autobiography/Memoir

Winner 2019 Independent Author Network Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Winner 2019 Best Book Awards Science

Winner 2019 Independent Author Network Health & Medicine

Winner 2019 IndieReader Discovery Award Health & Medicine

Winner 2019 FAPA President's Award Health

CIPA EVVY Book Award 2020 Silver Narrative Non-Fiction

CIPA EVVY Book Award 2020 Bronze Health

Reader's Favorite 2019 Book Award Silver Non-Fiction-Genealogy

Independent Publisher Book Award Bronze Best Adult Non-Fiction Personal E-Book

SPR Book Award Honorable Mention, Shortlisted for Excellence

Feathered Quill Book Award Silver Informational Book

Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist Inspirational Non-Fiction

HONORS FOR PINK & BLUE COLORS OF HEREDITARY CANCER

NOMINATED FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
Palm Beach International Film Festival - April 2016

EXCELLENCE AWARD
Rincon International Film Festival, Puerto Rico - 2016

HONORABLE MENTION
Buffalo Niagara Film Festival - April 2016

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
The Women's Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles - December 2015